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Many of the issues facing our country are extraordinarily complex and nuanced. In order to understand these policy issues and the various perspectives around them, elected leaders, government staff, the public, industry, and nonprofits must first have an objective basic knowledge that is rooted in fact. Center Forward’s Basics series presents complicated issues in a non-partisan and easy-to-understand manner.

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Liquified Natural Gas

Climate & Sustainability Energy & Utilities

Liquified natural gas (LNG) is natural gas that has been cooled to a liquid state, to about -260° Fahrenheit, for shipping and storage. This process significantly reduces its volume, making storing and transporting over long distances easier and more economical.

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Navigating the FDA’s Regulatory Path for Sunscreen

Health Care

Sunscreens have long been a consumer go-to for the prevention of sun damage and skin cancer across the globe. In recent years, the FDA has taken steps to modernize sunscreen regulations to address concerns over ingredient safety and efficacy.

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The State of Data Privacy


Data privacy, sometimes known as information privacy, pertains to the proper handling of sensitive data, including personal data, along with other confidential information such as financial and intellectual property data. It ensures compliance with regulations and safeguards the confidentiality and integrity of the data.

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Advancing Women’s Health: Challenges and Solutions Across Critical Domains

Health Care

Today, because of innovation, research and development, and medical breakthroughs, women have shorter diagnostic journeys and more viable treatments than ever before. Despite this progress, hurdles continue in normalizing conversation on women’s health in the workplace and achieving higher levels of health equity among minority populations.

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Unlocking Growth: Business Franchising


Franchising has contributed to robust job creation and a skills development platform for small business owners and workers. Today, more than 806,000 franchise establishments exist, which support nearly 8.7 million jobs in the United States.

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Cultivating Sustainability Through Regenerative Agriculture

Climate & Sustainability Food & Beverage

Regenerative agriculture entails farming and ranching in a manner that nurtures both the people and the planet, with specific methods varying among farmers and across landscapes.

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Tobacco Harm Reduction

Health Care

Harm Reduction refers to a range of intentional public health policies and practices designed to lessen the negative social and/or physical consequences associated with various human behaviors, both legal and illegal. Harm reduction practices have been used for decades in a number of areas including opioid abuse, reproductive health, vaccinations, and more. 

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EPR – Extended Producer Responsibility

Climate & Sustainability

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy approach that encompasses all environmental expenses linked to product packaging across its life cycle, incorporating them into the market price of the package.

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